- Written by Matthew Carl
|14U - East Cobb Astros - Marietta, Georgia
(Youth1) - When it comes to the East Cobb Astros one thing is certain; they are always great. With 150+ athletes coming through the program who have made it to the Major Leagues, you’d have to go back a long, long ways back to find an Astros team that wasn’t incredibly talented. Their 54-13 season culminated at the Elite World Series, where they made a fantastic run to the finals after losing two of their first three pool play games. They fell just short after a slugfest with the Voodoo, but the Astros wasted no time locking up an Elite 32 berth for 2012, winning the Jay Criscione Super NIT back in September.
The East Cobb Astros are like the New York Yankees of youth baseball. While they don’t always win the championship, you can pretty much guarantee they will make a run. They’ve already mapped out 20 tournaments for the 2012 season between now and the end of October. Expect to see the Astros at the USSSA Major State Tournament, the Perfect Game Invitational, and the Travel Ball National Championships in July.
They are currently ranked as the USSSA’s No. 1 team, winning three of four tournament titles so far this season. For 2012 the Astros have brought in talent like TBS 1st Team All-American Steven Oakley from GBC Acceleration and Trevor Hillhouse from the East Cobb Longhorns, as well as Malique Forman, Brandon Hill, and Daniel Seres from the East Cobb Pride. The new additions will be a nice fit along with Thad Harris, Connell Boyle, and Reggie Pruitt, who all received All-American honors as well.
The current Astros roster includes Connell Boyle, Whalen Davis, Garrett Dupuis, Forrest Evans, Malique Foreman, Christian Furr, David Glendinning, Zachary Goodman, Thad Harris, Brandon Hill, Trevor Hillhouse, Steven Oakley, Reggie Pruit, Cameron Shepherd, James Stanga, Taylor Trammel, John Vandemark, and Rankin Woley.